2020 Was The Most Stressful Year On Record, Poll Finds

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2020 Was The Most Stressful Year On Record, Poll Finds

Topline The year 2020 marked a high point for people around the world experiencing negative emotions, a Gallup poll released Tuesday found, with 40% of adults saying they felt worry or stress “a lot of the previous day,” the highest levels recorded since Gallup began tracking negative emotions in 2006. US President Donald Trump listens to a speaker during a Greek Independence Day celebration in the ... [+] East Room of the White House in 2017. AFP via Getty Images Key Facts The jump from 35% to 40% between 2019 and 2020 translates to about 190 million more people feeling stressed out compared to the previous year, Gallup said. On the bright side, nearly one in 10 said they had experienced physical pain the previous day, representing a two-point decline from the previous year. The stress of 2020 hit some countries harder than others: While Taiwan reported the lowest levels of negative experiences last year with a score of 13 on an index created by Gallup, Iraq reported the most with 53, with